Mahsa Amini

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Women's Rights

On 16 September 2022, the 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, also known as Jina Amini died in a hospital in Tehran, Iran, under suspicious circumstances. The Guidance Patrol, the religious morality police of Iran’s government, arrested Amini for allegedly not wearing the hijab in accordance with government standards.

According to eyewitnesses, Amini was severely beaten by Guidance Patrol officers—an assertion denied by Iranian authorities. The accounts of police brutality, in addition to leaked medical scans, led some observers to believe Amini had a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke due to head injuries received after her arrest.

Amini’s death resulted in a series of ongoing international protests. Some female demonstrators removed their hijab or publicly cut their hair as acts of protest. The protests began hours after Amini’s death, starting at the hospital in Tehran where she was treated and quickly spreading to other parts of the country, and the world.

Iran Human Rights reported that by the beginning of November 2022, at least 304 people had been killed by security forces attacking protests across the country, involving tear gas and live rounds, making the protests the deadliest since the 2019–2020 protests that resulted in more than 1,500 fatalities. Iran’s Attorney General has indicated that the law requiring women to wear a hijab in public is under review, although changes have been made as of the time of this posting.

Artwork by
Hanjoon Kim

Protests broke out in Iran because of the death of Mahsa Amini. Many women cut off their hair and burned their hijabs. This illustration of Mahsa Amini is inspired by the Persian carpet, which originated more than 2,500 years ago. Thus, the art of carpet reflects Iranian tradition and culture. Her portrait is on the top of the carpet to symbolize freedom beyond tradition. Also, the flag of Iran is painted on her hair to emphasize freedom of body autonomy.


Iran (islamic Republic Of) Flag
February 11, 1979
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